Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

To get to the hanging coffins, you have to walk past St. Mary’s Church and the cemetery and make your way down into the valley.

The St. Mary’s Church is built by American Anglican missionaries who arrived in Sagada. Despite converting to the Anglican faith, many Sagadans is said to continue in practicing their pagan beliefs. Sagadans appear to find little trouble professing belief in Christian tenets even as they hold on to folk beliefs of the Igorot culture.


The said church is the oldest church in the Cordillera region outside Baguio City famous and known for its rose petals stained glass and has the mixture of foreign and indigenous design. This is located at the Episcopalian Mission Compound.

Many Sagadans these days choose to be buried in this Anglican cemetery instead though the hanging coffins are still utilized.


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